Po­lice in­for­mant’s law­suit will re­main in cam­era

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON/PROVINCE -

HAL­I­FAX — A Nova Sco­tia judge has is­sued his writ­ten de­ci­sion re­fus­ing a CBC mo­tion to al­low some por­tions of a po­lice in­former’s law­suit against two Hal­i­fax po­lice of­fi­cers to be open to the pub­lic. Jus­tice Jamie Camp­bell’s rul­ing says a man with the pseu­do­nym John Doe is en­ti­tled to a civil ac­tion held en­tirely in se­cret against con­sta­bles Gary Basso and Ash­ley Lewis. He re­jected the pub­lic broad­caster’s ar­gu­ments that hav­ing the in­for­mant tes­tify from a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion would pro­vide suf­fi­cient pro­tec­tion of his iden­tity. The Nova Sco­tia Supreme Court judge also says he didn’t be­lieve the in­for­mant would be suf­fi­ciently pro­tected if me­dia is al­lowed to be present and in­ter­pret what ev­i­dence they could re­port on with­out re­veal­ing the iden­tity of the plain­tiff. Camp­bell gave his oral de­ci­sion over a week ago and it was pub­lished on Thurs­day.

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